I just got a new netbook: an Asus Eee 1005HA.
As my old tablet got slowly older, I realized that I don’t really have heavy laptop demands: most of my use is a text editor and “hey look at this web page” in lectures. Even when away from the lecture hall, I tend to work primarily in a text editor (for LaTeX, HTML, Python, etc.), Thunderbird, and Firefox. I’m not exactly putting a big strain on the system, and can trade off power for small and light.
As always, there’s a big difference between the average stock setup and what I need to get some work done. Bridging this gap is a hassle, so I’m going to finally record what I need so I can look it up next time.
The new Eee is dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu (Karmic netbook remix). Yay to Asus for shipping with a second “data” partition on the drive that was dead-easy to put Ubuntu on.
I’m open to must-have software suggestions that I missed. I’ll probably add more below as I find stuff I missed.
- A text editor, usually Crimson
- WinSCP (or some other SCP and maybe SSH client)
- For 165: Python, GIMP, maybe Inkscape
- TortoiseSVN (if there’s a possibility of development happening)
rsync(As far as I’m concerned it’s negligent to have an operating system install without rsync.)
- If I’m going to be downloading pictures from a camera:
ddclient(with a config file like this)